Hydro Flask bottles are great at keeping ice but how do you maximize the ice retention of your Hydro Flask bottle and get it to keep ice longer than ever.
Hydro Flask aren’t perfect insulators and ice does melt in them over time and your drinks will heat up over time. So how do you ensure that your drinks are ice cold as long as possible so you never have to worry about drinking warm water again.
In this article I’m going to share with you 8 simple tips for keeping ice longer in your Hydro Flask so you can ensure you’ve got cold water when you need it.
For tips on keeping beverages hot read my article on tips to keep drinks hot longer in a Hydro Flask bottle.
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These tips are simple and some of them are obvious but they all work. Combine them together for the best results possible.
1. More Ice:Water Ratio
The more ice you start with in your bottle (compared to water) the longer your water is going to stay cold.
Ice is colder than water so you’re starting off with a beverage that is overall colder than if you just have a couple of ice cubes in a bottle full of water.
What I like to do is completely fill up my Hydro Flask with ice and then when there is no room left then I put the water in.
This gives me enough water for the start of my day and then as I drink it the ice melts over time (giving me more water) and ensuring I have ice cold water all day.
Worst case scenario I finish all the water and all I have left is ice. I then simply go to a tap and add some more water and because I have lots of ice in my bottle it doesn’t take long before my water is super cold again.
There is also the added benefit that as ice melts it needs energy to change from a solid into a liquid. In order to gain that energy it pulls heat from the surrounding water making your water colder as it melts
2. Use Chilled Water
This is a big tip that not many people think of.
Most people add ice and then pour in water straight from the tap.
A lot fo your ice will melt in the process of cooling down that room temperature water and it means your drink won’t stay cold as long.
Instead of using water from the tap use pre-chilled water from another non-insulated bottle (because putting Hydro Flasks in the fridge doesn’t work).
You’ve got the cold ice plus the cold water and this combo will stay cold much longer than using room temperature tap water.
Pro Tip: If You Don’t Have Pre-Chilled Water
If you don’t have chilled water then put some ice in your Hydro Flask and then fill your bottle up with water.
Give it a few minutes for the ice to cool down the water and melt. This creates your chilled water really quickly.
Then add more ice.
3. Use Larger Ice Cubes
Larger ice cubes stay cold longer and take longer to melt than lots of smaller ice cubes. So by using bigger bits of ice your drink will stay colder for longer.
The size will depend on how wide the opening of your Hydro Flask bottle is.
Too wide and you won’t be able to fit the ice in.
4. Pre-Chill The Inside
The stainless steel on the inside of your Hydro Flask bottle can carry some heat and warm up the drinks you put in there slightly.
Pre-chill the inside of your bottle with ice or cold water. Then tip out that ice/water and fill up your bottle.
This will ensure the inside of your bottle is cold and the stainless steel isn’t transferring heat into your drink.
5. Standard Mouths Keep Ice Longer Than Wide Mouths
The top of a Hydro Flask bottle is where most heat will get into your bottle warming up your drink.
This is either through the lid, through the opening (if you don’t have a lid on) or through the rim which isn’t vacuum insulated.
Because standard mouths are smaller there is less room for heat to get in. This means they insulate slightly better than wide mouth versions.
Standard Mouth bottles also have the thread on the inside so the lid is usually thicker plastic and thus insulates better.
6. Keep It Out of Direct Sunlight
Heat from sunlight can travel through a vacuum (think about it…the Sun transfers heat through a vacuum to the Earth).
This type of heat transfer is called “radiant heat”
Keeping your Hydro Flask out of direct sunlight reduces the amount of radiant heat that will pass through the vacuum insulation of the bottle and into your drink.
The sunlight will also heat up the outside metal of your bottle which again will pass more radiant heat into your drink as well as heat up the rim/lid (which isn’t fully vacuum insulated) and pass heat into the bottle that way).
7. Keep It Away From Warm Things
Having your bottle touching or up against warm things like your body or your hot leftover spaghetti that you’re planning to each for lunch will have a small negative impact on how long your Hydro Flask bottle can keep your drink cold.
So keep it away from the hot stuff.
8. Use An Insulating Pouch
Hydro Flask sell pouches but you can also get other insulated pouches and slings that add an extra level of insulation to your water bottle and help your drinks to stay colder even longer.
9. Fill It All The Way
The more cold water and the more ice that is in your bottle the longer that ice is going to stay cold.
If you only partially fill up your water bottle and there is only a little bit of water in there then it’s going to warm up faster than if your bottle is completely full of cold water/ice.
This is because the greater the volume of cold water the more heat that is required to raise the temperature.
Use These Tips in Combination
So if you want to keep your drinks cold for an long as possible use these tips in combination with each other.
You can just use one tip and you’ll get better performance out of your Hydro Flask but using all of them will get you the best results.
What To Do If Your Hydro Flask Isn’t Keeping Drinks Cold?
If your Hydro Flask is struggling to keep ice or keep drinks cold then you may have an issue with it.
Check out the below articles to work out why this is happening and what you can do about it: